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Board Meeting Agendas – February 2, 2023

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Peace River Regional Hospital District and Peace River Regional District Boards will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

PRRD looking for a public appointee for the BC Hydro GO Fund committee

The Peace River Regional District is accepting expressions of interest for a public appointee to represent the PRRD on the BC Hydro GO Fund Committee. The purpose of the fund is to reduce inequities through financial grants to local non-profit organizations that provide services to children, families and seniors. The program is targeted to support non-profit organizations serving the communities of Fort. St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Taylor, Chetwynd and residents of the Peace River Regional District (Electoral Areas B, C and E).

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Statement from the Chair on International Holocaust Memorial Day

Friday, January 27 is International Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland on the same day in 1945. On this 78th annual day of commemoration, the Peace River Regional District joins a global initiative to honour the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism.

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Area C By-Election, Declaration of Candidates

The Chief Election Officer for the Peace River Regional District has declared the following persons as candidates in the 2023 Area C By-Election:

  • Brad Sperling
  • Suzanne Haab

The by-election will take place on February 25, with advance voting opportunities on February 15 and 22. To view more information, including candidate information and voting stations, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

 

 

Regional District Highlights, January 2023

Highlights from this issue include:

  • Nomination period for Area C by-election open
  • PRRD launches Aquatic Vegetation and Management study for Charlie Lake, Swan Lake and One Island Lake

 

Interactive web map temporarily offline, January 17-18

The PRRD GIS system will undergo planned upgrades from Tuesday, January 17 to Wednesday, January 18.

The GIS department will be offline and the interactive web map will be unavailable during this period. If you have an urgent GIS request, please get in touch with Dawson Creek reception at 250-784-3200 or prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca.

Thank you for your patience while we upgrade our system.

Intake open for Rural Recreational and Cultural Grant-in-Aid

The intake period is now open for the Rural Recreational and Cultural Grant-in-Aid, a grant that benefits rural communities within the electoral areas of the PRRD.

Funding is available to support not-for-profit organizations operating within Electoral Area B, C, E and sub-regional who provide recreation, arts, sports, social and cultural activities that benefit the communities they serve. Applicants must be a registered not-for-profit society and may apply for funding to assist with general operational costs, capital costs and/or special events.

Grants can provide a much needed financial boost to non-profits that are working to make an impact in their community. They can also provide access to resources that may not be available through other sources of funding. Grant funding allows non-profits to plan for the future, expand their services and provide the financial stability required for long-term growth and success.

*Applications must be submitted via email to prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca on or before January 31.

For more information or to download a grant application, visit the Electoral Area Grants webpage on the PRRD website.

Bright photo of a woman signing an application form

Candidate announcement: Suzanne Haab, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Suzanne Haab, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’ in the by-election on February 25, 2023. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the the Area C By-Election is open until January 20, 2023 at 4pm. Nomination packages can be downloaded, picked up at the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John during regular business hours, or requested via email to the Chief Election Officer.

Candidates have the option of returning nomination documents to the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John; however, an appointment with the Chief Election Officer is required for Fort St. John submissions.

For more information about the upcoming by-election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Brad Sperling, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Brad Sperling, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’ in the by-election on February 25, 2023. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the the Area C By-Election is open until January 20, 2023 at 4pm. Nomination packages can be downloaded, picked up at the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John during regular business hours, or requested via email to the Chief Election Officer.

Candidates have the option of returning nomination documents to the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John; however, an appointment with the Chief Election Officer is required for Fort St. John submissions.

For more information about the upcoming by-election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Nomination period opens for Electoral Area C Director

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is accepting nominations for Electoral Area C Director ahead of the by-election on Saturday, February 25, 2023. All prospective candidates must submit the required nomination documents to the Chief Election Officer, Janet Prestley, by 4pm on January 20, 2023.

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day (Saturday, February 25, 2023);
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least six (6) months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

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Notice of Board Meeting – January 12, 2023

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Peace River Regional Hospital District and Peace River Regional District Boards will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

UPDATE: Regular service resumes 01-17-23 (Kelly Lake transfer station temporarily closed)

UPDATE, 01/16/23: The Kelly Lake transfer station will return to regular operating hours on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. 

The Kelly Lake transfer station at 280 Kelly Lake Road, Tomslake BC is temporarily closed due to issues with the generator. As an alternative, a bin will be placed at the transfer station this afternoon for household garbage and the Tomslake transfer station at 15093 Old Edmonton can be used for recycling and bulky items.

The PRRD thanks residents for their patience and will provide an update once regular service has resumed.

Holiday Hours

The Peace River Regional District will be observing the following holiday hours:

Dawson Creek and Fort St. John offices will be CLOSED:

  • Friday, December 23, 2022 (closed 1 – 4:30pm)
  • Monday, December 26, 2022
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2022
  • Monday, January 2, 2023

Regional landfills and transfer stations will be CLOSED:

  • Sunday, December 25, 2022
  • Sunday, January 1, 2023

 

Happy holidays!

Two red decorative Christmas bulbs

 

UPDATED (NOW OPEN) Cecil Lake and Goodlow transfer stations temporarily closed

UPDATE (09:27, 12/23/22); The Cecil Lake and Goodlow transfer stations have resumed regular service

The Cecil Lake transfer station at 4484 248 Road and Goodlow transfer station at 13197 Clayhurst Road are temporarily closed today, due to weather-related vehicle challenges. Residents are encouraged to use the Rose Prairie transfer station as an alternative.

The Regional District apologizes for any inconvenience and will provide an update once regular service has resumed.

Holiday greetings from the PRRD!

The Board of Directors and staff at the Peace River Regional District are extending their warmest wishes to you, the residents of this beautiful region, this holiday season.

As we look forward to gathering with family and friends to enjoy the magic of the season, the Board looks back on 2022 with pride. The Regional District and Hospital District has advanced many strategic priorities this year, and we look forward to continuing this important work into 2023.

We encourage residents to reach out to the Regional District, their Electoral Area Directors and Municipal Directors with their priorities, as we are here to serve you.

PRRD launches Aquatic Vegetation and Management Study for Charlie Lake, Swan Lake and One Island Lake

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has launched an aquatic vegetation and management study that will investigate the possibility of conducting mechanical removal of aquatic vegetation at Charlie Lake, Swan Lake and One Island Lake. The study follows feedback from residents that excessive aquatic vegetation is detracting from recreational use, reducing aesthetics and creating a safety issue for lake users.

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Permanent closures of select unmanned transfer stations

The Board of Directors for the Peace River Regional District has approved the permanent closures of the following unattended transfer stations:

Milligan PeeJay
Alternate site: Milligan Highway site on Milligan Creek Road

Doig River
Alternate site: Milligan Highway site on Milligan Creek Road

Mount Lemoray
Alternate site: Hasler Flat site on Westcoast Road

Since 2009 work has been done to consolidate PRRD sites and upgrade existing unmanned facilities with manned sites to provide a better level of service. The latest closures are part of this effort, and outlined in the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan.

The Regional District has a vast network of solid waste management facilities and sites that currently includes three landfills and 27 rural transfer stations (16 attended and 11 unattended). A full listing of locations is available on the PRRD’s website.

Hot tub repairs continue

The Hot Tub at the North Peace Leisure Pool has not been operational for several years due to mechanical issues requiring significant repairs.

During the annual maintenance shutdown, staff and specialized contractors began these complex repairs, starting with sonar scanning to identify leaks and broken pipes. Repairs were made to several pipes buried in the concrete pool deck and to two main drains and two jets inside the hot tub basin. The hot tub finishing was removed, cracks were sealed, and it was refinished. This allowed further testing of the various systems required to operate the hot tub; however, additional leaks were identified.

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Statement on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Today at 11am, the Regional Board and staff at the Peace River Regional District will observe a moment of silence to acknowledge the tragic loss of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal on December 6, 1989, in an act of violent misogyny. This event shook our Country and its people, and led Parliament to designate December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

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Notice of Board Meetings – December 9th

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Peace River Regional Hospital District and Peace River Regional District Boards will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Repairs to North Peace Leisure Pool deck require closure

Courts Declare Area C Election Invalid

The Peace River Regional District petition to the BC Supreme Court regarding the validity of the Electoral Area C Election was heard on November 22, 2022. The Court declared the election invalid due to issuance of ballots to electors from outside of Electoral Area C who were ineligible to vote, and has directed that the Area C Director position is vacant.

The PRRD will hold a by-election, as soon as possible, to fill the Area C Director position.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is committed to upholding public trust in the democratic process and ensuring that elections are conducted in accordance with legislated procedures. We apologize to the candidates and voters who participated in the Electoral Area C election.

Area C Election Invalidated

Regional District Highlights, November 2022

The latest PRRD Regional News:

  • New Regional Board elect Chair and Vice-Chair
  • $30 million tourism grant now accepting grant applications

2023 Board and Committee Meeting schedule

The Regional Board has approved the 2023 Peace River Regional District Board and Committee Meeting schedule. The PRRD generally holds one to two Board meetings each month, typically held on Thursdays beginning at 10am, unless otherwise noted, with agendas posted on the website the Friday before the meeting date.

Board meetings are streamed live on the PRRD’s Facebook page.

View schedule

PRRD Regional Board selects Chair and Vice Chair

The Peace River Regional District is pleased to confirm the results of the election of Chair and Vice Chair of the Regional Board of Directors. Electoral Area D Director Leonard Hiebert will serve as Chair and Electoral Area E Director Dan Rose as Vice Chair, for a one-year term.

The appointments followed the procedural call for nominations at the Inaugural Meeting today in Dawson Creek, with voting conducted by secret ballot.

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Statement on Remembrance Day

On the Day of Remembrance (Armistice Day), we reflect on the tremendous sacrifices that members of Canada’s armed forces have made in the line of duty. On November 11 at 11am, we pause to commemorate the end of hostilities during the First World War, and hold in memoriam the Fallen who gave their lives to protect our freedoms.

The Regional Board and staff at the Peace River Regional District extend their gratitude to those who have served, and continue to serve our country.

The PRRD offices will be closed on Friday, November 11 to observe the statutory holiday, with regular hours resuming on Monday, November 14.
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Statement on National Indigenous Veterans Day

Today we honour the contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Veterans in service to Canada for National Indigenous Veterans Day. As we continue to walk the path of meaningful reconciliation, it is important that we hold up the significant sacrifices that Indigenous Veterans made fighting alongside our Allies in the First and Second World Wars. Indigenous Peoples continue to serve in Armed Forces efforts and United Nations peace operations around the world.

The Regional Board and staff at the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) wish to thank the Veterans and their families for their continued service, and to recognize the impact that they have made to Canada’s history.

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North Peace Leisure Pool shutdown extended

Change in ownership at Minaker River Park

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) will relinquish its License of Occupation of Minaker River Park, located 0.4km west of Milepost 200 on the Alaska Highway, back to the Provincial government. The resolution was carried at the October 17, 2022 Regional Board meeting.

The PRRD provided notice to the Province in January 2022 that renewal of tenure for the recreational area known as Minaker River Regional Park was not required. The maintenance costs of the park are proportionately higher than other regional parks maintained by the Regional District, due to its remote location and challenging road access.
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Charlie Lake Fire Department brings back Halloween drive-thru event with added focus on fire safety

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) is inviting residents to check out the Halloween drive-thru event at the Charlie Lake Fire Hall. The drive-thru concept was born in 2020 out of necessity with COVID-19 restrictions. Since then, it has become a local favourite in the community of Charlie Lake and has grown in popularity with residents in Fort St. John.

This year, in addition to the standard spooky fare, the crew at the CLFD will be passing out tips on fire safety.

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Notice of Regional Board Meeting – October 27, 2022

NOTICE OF MEETING

 The Peace River Regional District Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre located at 11308 Alaska Road in Fort St. John, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people are unable to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to be ‘in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are live streamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Doig River transfer station – waste collection bin closure

The unattended PRRD waste collection bins located at the Doig River transfer station will be closed and removed indefinitely, effective October 20, 2022. As an alternative, PRRD residents are encouraged to use the Milligan Highway transfer station, 27km northwest, or the Osborn transfer station, 14.6km east. The closure is due to a change in ownership direction for the property.

For questions or concerns, please call the PRRD office at 250-784-3200 or email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca

 

Assent vote results

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has completed counting the ballots for all five assent voting opportunities included in the 2022 General Election. The final results are as follows:

Service Function Yes No Passed
Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid 2776 1752 Yes
Fort St. John Public Library Financial Contribution 180 177 Yes
Global Geopark Grant in Aid 2728 1752 Yes
Regional Connectivity 3088 1389 Yes

Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid

3210 1284 Yes

The PRRD thanks all voters, candidates, and Election Officials across the Peace region who participated in the 2022 election. For more information about the assent votes, visit prrd.bc.ca or call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

Electoral Area B election results

Following a review of the preliminary election results declared on October 15, 2022, the election results for Electoral Area B are:

Candidate Votes
Jeff Kitt 156
Jordan Kealy 243

The final vote count has changed slightly from the preliminary count after the reconciliation of ballots and careful review of voting books. The final result remains the same, with Jordan Kealy as the elected candidate for Electoral Area B. The Peace River Regional District thanks all residents who voted and participated in the Electoral Area B 2022 election, and for your patience as our staff worked to review ballots and voting materials.

Electoral Area C election results

Following a recount of the preliminary election results declared on October 15, 2022, the election results for Electoral Area C are:

Candidate

Votes
Suzanne Haab 234
Brad Sperling 231

After careful review of election records, the Chief Elections Officer has determined that it is necessary to submit an application to challenge the validity of the election due to evidence of persons voting when not entitled to vote in Electoral Area C. Elections documentation indicates that a small number of electors from outside of Area C voted in the election by mistake. There is no evidence to indicate this was done purposefully to undermine the validity of the election. However, due to the closeness of the election results, the small number of ineligible ballots may have determined the overall election result and the validity of the election must be challenged.

Upon review of this application, the Supreme Court will decide whether a new election must be held in Area C only. This application will not challenge the validity of the election in Area B or any of the five assent votes. Suzanne Haab will take office as Electoral Area Director for Area C until such time as the Supreme Court issues a decision.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is committed to upholding public trust in the democratic process and ensuring that proper elections protocols are followed. We apologize to the candidates and voters who participated in this election and look forward to implementing a fair resolution as decided by the Supreme Court. As this matter is before the Court, the PRRD will not be commenting further until after the Court has made its ruling.

Preliminary Voting Results – October 15, 2022

The polls closed at 8:00 pm today – thank you to everyone who came out to vote in the General Local Election for the Peace River Regional District.

Preliminary Results are as follows:

Electoral Area B Director – Candidates: Jordan Kealy and Jeff Kitt

Candidate Votes
Jordan Kealy 243
Jeff Kitt 153

Electoral Area C Director – Candidates: Suzanne Haab and Brad Sperling

Candidate Votes
Suzanne Haab 232
Brad Sperling 233

Electoral Area D Director Leonard Hiebert was acclaimed. (Leonard Hiebert was the only candidate nominated in Electoral Area D)

Electoral Area E Director Dan Rose was acclaimed. (Dan Rose was the only candidate in Electoral Area E)

Assent Voting Results for the four region-wide assent voting opportunities; Global Geopark Grant in Aid, Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid, Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid, and Regional Connectivity Service, plus the assent voting opportunity in Electoral Area B only, for the Fort St. John Library Financial Contribution Service, will be reported not later than Wednesday.

General Voting Day

October 15, 2022 is general voting day and the last opportunity for eligible electors across the Peace region to vote on 5 different assent votes and Electoral Area candidates for Areas B and C. Voting locations and hours of operation are available on the PRRD website in both a written and interactive map format. Candidate elections are being held only in Area B and Area C, and a list of the candidates and their submitted biographies is also available on the PRRD website. Electors in Areas E and D may still vote on the proposed assent bylaws.

All electors across the region will be eligible to participate in four assent vote opportunities, including if they live inside the municipalities of Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Taylor, Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson’s Hope, and Fort. St. John. Electors residing in Area B will also be asked to vote on the establishment of a financial contribution service for the Fort St. John Public Library. More information about all five of these assent voting opportunities is available on the Peace River Regional District (PRRD)’s website.

For more information regarding regional assent voting opportunities, candidate elections, and general voting day locations, visit our website at www.prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote or call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

Regional District Highlights, October 2022

The Regional District Highlights for October is a special Local Government Election issue:

Advance voting opens

Electors across the Peace Region can cast their votes in advance of general voting day during advance voting opportunities held on both October 5 and 12th, 2022 at select locations across the region. The last opportunity to vote will be in-person on October 15, 2022, but voters who are unable to attend a voting place in-person can also still request a mail in ballot from the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) before October 14, 2022 at 4:30pm.

Voters across the region, including those within member municipalities, will be able to vote on four different proposed assent voting opportunities. These opportunities include grant-in-aid service functions for sport and cultural events, the global geopark, and a dinosaur museum, in addition to a regional connectivity service fund. Electors residing in Area B will also be asked to vote on the establishment of a financial contribution service for the Fort St. John Public Library.

Candidate elections are being held only in Area B and Area C. Incumbent candidates Dan Rose and Leonard Hiebert were elected via acclamation in Electoral Areas E and D, respectively. However, electors in Areas E and D can still vote on proposed assent bylaws.

For more information regarding assent voting opportunities, candidate elections, and advance voting opportunities, visit our website at www.prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote or call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

Change to hours of operation: Cecil Lake transfer station

The Cecil Lake transfer station at 4484 248 Road will be observing the following change to operating hours, effective November 1, 2022:

Old hours
Wednesday: 2:00pm – 8:00pm

New hours
Wednesday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

The PRRD is planning to install a 24 hour access pilot bin at the Cecil Lake transfer station in Spring 2023.

For questions or concerns please contact 250-784-3200 or email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca.

Written statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) offices will be closed on September 30, 2022 in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The closure is a period for reflection on the lasting impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system, and as a time to listen and learn from Indigenous Peoples. The PRRD acknowledges the painful generational trauma that this system has caused, and reminds its residents that we are situated on the traditional territory of the Dane-Zaa (Beaver), signatories of Treaty 8 and the Metis BC Region 7.

“As a Regional District, the importance of this day cannot be understated. As the Board reaffirms our commitment to building meaningful relationships with our Indigenous neighbours, we are also reflecting on the steps we have taken throughout the past four years to lay the groundwork for increased cooperation and understanding. We recognize that although there is still much more work to do, we are proud of the progress we have made during this term, and are confident that the incoming Board will continue to provide the leadership necessary to keep us moving in a positive direction” – Chair Brad Sperling.

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Electoral Area B candidate withdraws from election

As authorized by Ministerial Order M285, Michael Fitzgerald’s candidacy for Electoral Area B Director has been withdrawn effective September 26, 2022. The candidates name will still appear in current printed public notices, but will no longer appear as an option on the voting ballots.

See more here.

New seniors aging in place program

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is launching a new program called Seniors Aging in Place (SAIP) that will soon be available to residents aged 65 or older residing in Electoral Area D and eligible portions of Electoral Area E. Services offered through the SAIP program include fresh meal delivery, housekeeping, and snow removal between the months of November to March. These services will be delivered through the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living (DCSCL).

Eligible residents are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the SAIP program, which will be hosted throughout the region on the following dates:

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PRRD offices closed for Day of Mourning

The Peace River Regional District offices will be closed on Monday, September 19 to honour the Day of Mourning proclaimed for Queen Elizabeth II. This day coincides with the late Queen’s state funeral in London, and will mark the end of the official period of mourning in Canada.

Regular hours will resume the following day (Tuesday, September 20).

*The PRRD Emergency Operations Centre will remain active to continue providing support for the Battleship Mountain and Bearhole Lake wildfires

2022 General Election Declaration of Candidates

Candidate announcement: Jeff Kitt, Electoral Area B

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Jeff Kitt, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘B’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Michael Fitzgerald, Electoral Area B

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Michael Fitzgerald, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘B’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Suzanne Haab, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Suzanne Haab, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Free collection events in the Peace region for pesticides and livestock/equine medications

Cleanfarms Inc. will be hosting two free collection events in the Peace region to dispose of unwanted or obsolete agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications. The events will be held from 9am to 4pm at the following locations and dates:

  • October 12: Nutrien Ag Solutions 9704 78 St, Fort St John, BC V1J 4J9
  • October 13: Rolla Agricultural Services 5082 Rolla Rd, Rolla, BC V0C 2G0

For more information, including what will be accepted and other protocol, please visit: http://ow.ly/k3rk50KCAIG

 

Kelly Lake Transfer Station – Back to regular operating hours

The Kelly Lake Transfer Station will be back to regular operating hours – Tomorrow, September 9th at 8:00am

Candidate announcement: Jordan Kealy, Electoral Area B

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Jordan Kealy, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘B’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Dan Rose, Electoral Area E

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Dan Rose, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘E’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Brad Sperling, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Brad Sperling, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

PRRD offices closed for Labour Day

The Peace River Regional District offices & the Charlie Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 and will resume regular hours on Tuesday, September 6.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL RBAC MEETING

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Regional District Office

1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek BC

9:30 am

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Rural Budgets Administration Committee, on Thursday, September 8, 2022 in the PRRD Office, at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of this meeting is to consider allocating funding for:

  • storage of items from the Closed Golata Creek Hall; and
  • conducting a hazardous materials assessment of the Golata Creek Hall.
  • sponsorship for Northern Lights College Intercollegiate Rodeo.

The agenda will be available online at www.prrd.bc.ca.

 

Tyra Henderson

Corporate Officer

 

Click here for the full Meeting Notice

Regional District Highlights, September 2022

The Regional District Highlights for September, with highlights including:

  • Assent voting opportunities
  • Site identification for the North Peace Leisure Facility
  • PRRD FireSmart update

Assent voting opportunities

Eligible electors throughout the Peace region have the opportunity to vote on five new proposed service bylaws on October 5, 12 and 15, 2022 during the general local elections. Four of the assent votes are for regional services, which will impact both rural and municipal residents across the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), including Electoral Areas B, C, D, & E, and residents in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St John, Tumbler Ridge, Taylor, Pouce Coupe and Hudson’s Hope. Region-wide, electors will automatically be asked to vote on the following proposed services by the PRRD, as part of the election process in their area:

  • Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid
  • Global Geopark Grant in Aid
  • Regional Connectivity
  • Sports and Cultural Events Grant in Aid

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(UPDATE: RESTORED) Blackfoot Park caretaker phone line temporarily down

UPDATE: August 31, 2022, 4:08PM **The Blackfoot Park caretaker phone line has been restored**

The Blackfoot Park caretaker phone line is currently down due to technical difficulties. The line has been forwarded to the PRRD Head Office in Dawson Creek and residents can still make reservations by calling 250-759-4008; staff will take messages and forward them to the park caretaker for follow-up.

A repair is scheduled for Friday, September 2 and service is anticipated to resume shortly afterward. The PRRD will update residents through its website and social media platforms as updates become available.

Candidate announcement: Leonard Hiebert, Electoral Area D

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Leonard Hiebert, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘D’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

North Peace Leisure Facility Site Identification

In collaboration with the City of Fort St John and the District of Taylor, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) in order to identify lands that could be acquired as a site for a potential future recreation facility. This is the latest step taken by the North Peace Leisure Facility Replacement Steering Committee towards the completion of a feasibility study for a new facility. The intention of this step is to identify land available for sale or donation for the future home of the North Peace Leisure Facility.

The submission deadline for proposals is September 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM. Submissions will then be evaluated by the Committee and the Board of the PRRD. Further information about this opportunity can be viewed online here.

This step has come after the Committee completed extensive community engagement throughout the North Peace Region earlier this year and we are pleased to announce that the 2022 Engagement Summary Report is now available on the PRRD website.  For more information about this project or to view the latest engagement report, please visit the North Peace Leisure Facility Replacement Project page at haveyoursay.prrd.bc.ca/nplf or contact the PRRD office for more information.

Disposal of assets

The Peace River Regional District will be disposing of surplus and unused assets, and posting the items for sale on the Government Surplus Auction website, www.govdeals.ca.

For more information, review the below bulletin:

PRRD adopts cultural safety mission statement

The Peace River Regional District is proud to have finalized a cultural safety mission statement to help establish the principles of cultural safety at all levels within the Regional District and to guide future decision-making.

The statement and accompanying graphic representation are a result of over a year-long collaboration between the Regional Board and Maugwa Clan Energy, and demonstrate a way forward to universal relationships, a way of being and setting the table for indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to work in good relationships for a prosperous future.

The statement and graphic representation were completed and finalized at the May 12, 2022 Committee of the Whole Meeting.

North Peace Leisure Pool Annual Maintenance Shutdown

The North Peace Leisure Pool annual maintenance shutdown will take place over an 8-week period starting from September 11 to November 7, 2022. The purpose of this extended closure is to complete necessary repairs that the facility requires, which exceed the usual time needed for annual routine maintenance tasks.

The intent of the extended shutdown is to repair all of the identified issues within the natatorium at once to improve the swimming experience of our community members. The work that is scheduled for completion is from the top down, and includes the slide tower, sauna, pool deck, and the highly anticipated repair of the hot tub. Prior to the work being completed, ground penetrating radar will be used to confirm the structural integrity of the basins that support the extensive repairs to be completed.

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Regional District Highlights, August 2022

The Regional District Highlights for August, with highlights including:

  • Election season kicks off in the Peace region
  • PRRD FireSmart team conducts training with local Fire Departments

PRRD Grant Writer Services program secures 1.6M in funding for not-for-profit community groups

The Grant Writer Services program, administered by the PRRD with partial funding support from the Northern Development Initiative Trust, passed a milestone in July with over 1.6M in funding secured for 12 community groups in the Peace region. While the program has been available in some form since 2017, the PRRD established a new service contract in spring 2021. Clear Course Consulting Ltd., a collective of for-purpose strategic communications specialists and grant writer professionals, has so far connected with over 35 community groups through the program.

As of July 2022, Clear Course has supported 22 groups with grant applications and hosted ten (10) information sessions and workshops to bolster regional grant writing capacity. In addition to a host of new online grant writing resources, subscribers receive an e-newsletter each month that outlines upcoming grant opportunities in the region with application deadlines and writing tips.

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Environmental Assessment Office grants approval for BC Hydro’s contingency truck hauling plan

On March 16, 2021, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) requested an amendment under Section 32(1) of the Environmental Assessment Act to allow for the implementation of a contingency truck hauling plan. The contingency plan, if approved, would allow for BC Hydro to haul material from the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands to the Site C dam site area as a backup, if BC Hydro experienced a downtime of more than three consecutive days.

On July 7, 2022, the PRRD was notified by the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) that the EAO’s Deputy Chief Assessment Officer had issued their decision to grant BC Hydro’s amendment request.

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PRRD to close Golata Creek Community Hall indefinitely following engineering assessment

In 2021, the Peace River Regional District embarked on the development of a corporate asset management plan.  As an important first step in that process, the PRRD conducted facility condition assessments on all Regional District-owned facilities, including the Golata Creek Community Hall. Due to concerns identified in that initial assessment, a professional engineering firm conducted a structural assessment on the Golata Creek Community Hall.

Unfortunately, the engineers identified that the 64-year-old building is structurally unsafe and has reached the end of its life. Further, the engineering firm recommended to the Regional District that the building no longer be used due to structural issues with the roof and foundation, and the prohibitive cost to remediate these issues. Following the assessment, the PRRD is making the decision to close the Golata Creek Community Hall immediately and indefinitely.

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Regional District Highlights, July 2022

The Regional District Highlights for July, with highlights including:

  • FireSmart program is in full swing in the Peace region
  • Grant Writer Services program marks 1.6M funding milestone and looks forward to future opportunities

Doig River First Nation and PRRD working toward MoU

Doig River First Nation (DRFN) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) convened an all-day workshop in May between elected officials and senior administrative staff to learn more about each other’s governance structures, service delivery models and bylaws relating to land use. DRFN has acquired several fee simple properties within the regional district that are in the process of transitioning to reserve status through the Addition to Reserve mechanism. The process adds lands to the existing reserve land of a First Nation or creates a new reserve for First Nations. Future activities on these lands within the PRRD will encompass a range of developments that will strengthen the socio-economic status of DRFN and the greater BC Peace region.

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Development applications for lands within the Old Fort Study Area

Until further notice, and at the resolution of the Regional Board, the Peace River Regional District will consider, but is likely to reject or defer any application for Development Variance Permits, Temporary Use Permits, Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw Amendments and Zoning Bylaw Amendments for lands within the Geohazard Study Area (outlined in red in the below map). The study area is located approximately 5 kilometers south of Fort St. John near the community of Old Fort, BC.

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Canada Day

The Regional Board and staff at the Peace River Regional District would like to wish you and your families a happy Canada Day.

As we celebrate our country and the beauty of the Peace region, we would also like to acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa, signatories of Treaty 8 and the Metis Nation BC Region 7. We value the significant contributions of Indigenous Peoples who have lived and worked on the land for time immemorial and are committed to reflecting and learning the truths. We hope you have a wonderful day connecting with your communities and enjoying all that our vast region has to offer.

The PRRD offices and Charlie Lake wastewater treatment facility are closed on Friday, July 1 and will resume regular hours on Monday, July 4th.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

The PRRD is an organization that appreciates cultures in all its forms. We value respect, trust, care and transparency and will act in accordance with these values. We seek to understand each other’s cultures and worldviews in order to enhance inclusion, trust and relationships.

We also acknowledge that the Peace region is situated on the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa (Beaver), signatories of Treaty 8 and the Métis Nation BC Region 7, and value the significant contributions of Indigenous Peoples who have lived and worked on the land for time immemorial.

Our organization will use the concepts of cultural safety to create a mutual path forward with all of our neighbours, and we recognize the accomplishments of our First Nation partners in the Peace region including Blueberry River First Nations, Doig River First Nation, Halfway River First Nation, Kwadacha Nation, McLeod Lake Indian Band, Saulteau First Nations, Tsay Keh Dene Band and West Moberly First Nations.

North Peace residents to help plan new aquatics and recreation facility

North Peace residents are encouraged to provide their opinions on a proposed new regional aquatics and recreation facility, which would replace the existing North Peace Leisure Pool.

Residents can voice their opinions by:

  • attending an in-person open house on Tuesday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Peace Leisure Pool;
  • participating in a virtual open house on Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m.; and
  • completing an online survey from June 7 to July 7.

For more details on how to participate, visit haveyoursay.prrd.bc.ca/nplf

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PRRD launches 2022 FireSmart campaign

May 31, 2022 – As another wildfire season approaches, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has partnered with local wildfire experts to deliver the message: Get FireSmart! Protect your home, protect your community.

The Peace region is one of the most diverse and abundant ecosystems on earth. Yet, the area is particularly vulnerable to wildfires, with the wildfire season often happening earlier and lasting longer. To reduce the risk of loss of life and property, the PRRD has partnered with Mammoth Forestry Ltd. – a local consulting firm with expertise in wildfire management – to launch the FireSmart BC campaign.

Since 2021, the campaign has had significant results in reducing the impact of wildfire on the residents of the regional district. 122 FireSmart Assessments were completed, 101 homes in rural areas were assessed, and the One Island Lake Cottage Association became the Peace Region’s first recognized FireSmart neighborhood!

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Groundbreaking ceremony set for the new Chetwynd Public Library, honouring Yvonne Elden

The Chetwynd Public Library project will mark a milestone on June 3, when shovels hit the site of the new library grounds for the first time. The event will also commemorate the life of Yvonne Elden, a tireless community leader in Chetwynd who was instrumental in establishing the first library as a member of the Little Prairie Ladies Club.

The existing library is a revered community fixture in Chetwynd and the surrounding area, providing services and programs to locals since 1959. In 2016, at the request of the District of Chetwynd and the Chetwynd Library Board, the Peace River Regional District went to work examining options for repair or replacement. The results of that effort included the formation of the current Library Advisory Committee and a feasibility study recommending a new build. After an extensive analysis and public engagement process that spanned three years, Faction Projects Inc. (formerly Field Lievers Architecture) will take the community-approved designs to the build stage with the help of Celtic Construction of Dawson Creek BC.

With the final design clocking in at approximately 8,600 square feet versus the current 7,100, the new facility provides a much-needed storage and accessibility upgrade, with room to meet the current and future needs of the community. In addition to the services and spaces that the community has grown to love, the new library will boast a suite of exciting new features. Among them, include a storytelling space, children’s program room, teen seating area, makerspace and virtual reality room, multi-purpose room and an outdoor patio with views of the skate park. The patrons of the new Chetwynd Public Library can also look forward to enjoying the café in a 20-person open seating area and food preparation space.

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Moose Hide Campaign Day

The Peace River Regional District would like to acknowledge Moose Hide Campaign Day, a day of ceremony and collective action to end violence towards women and children. Over 400,000 Canadians have registered to join the ceremony today and take the pledge to End Violence.

One of the strategic focus areas for the PRRD, is to enhance the effectiveness of our service delivery and advocacy through the pursuit of local, regional and inter-provincial partnerships; collaboration with our First Nations partners is critical to the success of this goal. It is vital that we have a collective voice on important issues like the ones that are being highlighted by Moose Hide Campaign Day.

The PRRD encourages everyone to take some time to participate in the virtual events today at: https://events.moosehidecampaign.ca/.

UPDATE 05-13-22: Hydrocarbon spill in Rolla

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MOE) has provided an update on the hydrocarbon spill that occurred in the area of 405 Street in the community of Rolla, on May 6.

As of May 12, 1730hrs:

  • An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) and Oakridge Environmental staff were on site May 12
  • A vacuum truck and excavator were retained and remediation work was undertaken in critical ditches and culverts
  • Work in the area disturbed some contaminated water, soil, and vegetation, causing a slight increase in hydrocarbon odour and sheen; however, the vacuum truck removed any impacted water and the odour dissipated after work was complete
  • Water levels remain low and the hydrocarbon sheen and odour in the area of 405 St continues to decrease
  • The source remains unknown

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Statement on spill incident in Rolla

On Friday, May 6, 2022, a sheen in a ditch and a strong odor were reported in the community of Rolla, approximately 22km northeast of Dawson Creek.

The BC Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MOE) contacted the Peace River Regional District on Saturday, May 7, asking to help inform residents in Rolla to avoid the area until response and mitigation work have concluded, and for residents living nearest to the spill site to shelter in place if odors intensify. The PRRD posted this information to its social media platforms and issued an advisory to residents using the North East BC Emergency Alerts system that afternoon.

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Statement on Red Dress Day

Today is Red Dress Day. A National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2S (Two-Spirit) peoples, first established by Indigenous artist Jamie Black.

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PRRD submitting response to the Province as part of an $830 million plan to improve connectivity

A historic plan has been announced between the Provincial and Federal governments of Canada to invest up to $830 million to support projects that will improve access to high-speed Internet in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities throughout British Columbia.

Under this plan, both levels of government will contribute up to $415 million for total combined funding of $830 million to connect the entire province of British Columbia, accelerating British Columbia’s connectivity plan with a new provincial target of 100% B.C. communities connected by 2027. This agreement will provide coverage to approximately 115,000 households in British Columbia still underserved, which breaks down to 347 rural communities and 115 Indigenous communities.

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PRRD shelves report on the Adeline Kelly building to facilitate full review of options

The Regional Board has deferred its decision on recommended changes to the North Peace Fall Fair Use and Occupancy License Agreement for the Adeline Kelly building, as outlined in a recent staff report to the Board. The North Peace Fall Fair (NPFF) Society submitted a building permit application to the PRRD in 2021 for a proposed addition to the building, with plans to incorporate a kitchen, washrooms and other community hall space. The addition would be a departure from its existing permitted use as an
F-2 Medium Industrial Hazard building under the BC Building Code.

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Statement regarding racist remarks towards Chief Desjarlais

Chair Brad Sperling, on behalf of the Board of Directors for the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), has released the following statement regarding the hateful remarks made towards Chief Judy Desjarlais.

“We are aware of the anonymous voicemail sent to Blueberry River First Nation’s Chief Desjarlais, in which repulsive racist comments and threats were made. I want to be very clear that the Peace River Regional District fully condemns racism and the expression of hatred, and we are incredibly disappointed that this event has occurred.”

“There is no instance or scenario that justifies a member of our community being treated this way.”

“The PRRD has been actively engaged in conversations with our First Nations partners about how we can set the table for inclusivity, and progress towards a relationship that is based on a foundation of honesty, integrity and trust. It is imperative that residents of the Peace region feel safe within their communities. The remarks made this week reinforce why this work is critical, and why we will fervently continue our efforts in this capacity.”

Notice of Board Meetings – March 10th

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Peace River Regional District Board and Peace River Regional Hospital District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek.  The Board will consider first three readings of the PRRD 2022-2026 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to sanitize their hands, and maintain physical distancing. To assist us in our safety planning please email to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to the Corporate Officer. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda (except planning applications with public hearings), and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

PRRD creates fund for public donations to Chetwynd library replacement project

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is working with the Northeast BC Community Foundation to raise funds from the community to help with the construction of the new library in Chetwynd.

With shovels due in the ground this spring for the Chetwynd Public Library replacement project, the PRRD Board of Directors has authorized the creation of a fund for donations from the community. Funding for the project is coming from a combination of other sources, including the PRRD’s Electoral Area E, the District of Chetwynd, the Chetwynd Public Library Board, grants and short-term borrowing.

“The new library will be a cornerstone of our community. It’s our hope that generous members of the community will find a way to support this vitally important project, which provides so many educational and social benefits to people of all ages in Chetwynd and surrounding areas,” says Dan Rose, Director of Electoral Area E. “We’re grateful to the Northeast BC Community Foundation for allowing us to use their online fundraising platform, which makes it very simple for people who wish to donate.”

To donate, go to nebccf.ca.

Final designs are now approved after input from the public, stakeholders and library staff gathered over several years. The current library is approximately 50 years old, too old to renovate and too small to offer the programming and services that the people of Chetwynd want.

Health care scholarships help address ongoing staff shortages in the Peace

With more vacancies than qualified staff to fill them in the Peace region, the Peace River Regional District’s (PRRD) health care scholarships are lending a financial hand to people who want to become health care workers.

The PRRD’s health care scholarships make it easier for people to pursue studies in health care studies. Health care positions are secure, well paid and rewarding, but most positions require successful completion of a college or university program.

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Payments at the PRRD Fort St. John office

The Fort St. John office will be open for walk-ins on Monday, February 14, and Friday, February 18; however all financial payments need to be made at the Dawson Creek office or via telephone at 250-784-3200 on these days.

The Peace River Regional District thanks residents for their cooperation.

Changes to 2022 Board Meeting Schedule

Please be advised that the following changes have been made to the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule:

  • March 10th – The meeting will be held in Dawson Creek, not Fort St John as previously advertised
  • March 24th – Meeting cancelled
  • March 31st – New meeting
  • April 7th – Meeting cancelled

Click here to view the revised 2022 Board Meeting Schedule.

Moberly Lake Volunteer Fire Department transition to PRRD-operated service continues

It’s a trend happening across rural BC: the skilled and dedicated volunteers running rural fire departments are turning to local governments for help as firefighting becomes more complex, training costs rise, and volunteer recruitment is more challenging.

The Moberly Lake Volunteer Fire Department (MLVFD) is no exception and in 2021 the society running the department proposed a transition to a service operated by the PRRD. The PRRD Board of Directors supported the change, and amended the service delivery model from providing funding to the volunteer society to a direct service delivery model. Effective January 1, 2022, the PRRD operates and manages the MLVFD.

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UPDATE: Collection of glass bottles and jars, foam packaging resumes

Recycle BC has confirmed that the collection of glass bottles and jars and foam packaging has returned to regular service.  The PRRD thanks its residents for their cooperation and patience during the past several weeks as services and operations affected by flooding in southern BC were restored.

If you have any questions, please contact the environmental services department via email or by calling 250-784-3200.

PRRD appoints new Chief Financial Officer

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is pleased to welcome Roxanne Shepherd as its Chief Financial Officer. Shepherd brings fifteen years of local government experience to the PRRD and will join the organization in early January 2022.

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Peace River Regional District Board reaffirms commitment to reconciliation with First Nations

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board of Directors reaffirmed its commitment to reconciliation with First Nations at its Regional Board meeting yesterday.

“We are committed to the process of reconciliation with First Nations, and our focus on collaboration with First Nations is outlined in the PRRD’s strategic plan,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “We will continue to work with our First Nations neighbours and friends on a better future for them and for all who live in the Peace River Regional District. I believe, and my colleagues on the Regional Board believe, that we must all do better.”

The issue of reconciliation came up at the Regional Board meeting when members unanimously resolved to send letters of support to Chief Willie Sellars of the Williams Lake Indian Band of the Secwepemc Nation and to the Cariboo Regional District, both of whom made strong public statements in light of events earlier this week involving the mayor of Williams Lake. The PRRD’s letters of support will express disagreement with the viewpoint shared regarding the impact of residential schools.

“We stand with the Cariboo Regional District in rejecting the viewpoint that there is some good in the history of residential schools,” says Sperling.

The letters will also advise that the PRRD is committed to the principles and practices of reconciliation as critical to the path to healing amongst all people.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation recognized at the PRRD

In June, the federal government passed legislation formally recognizing September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In recognition, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) offices will be closed that day. As a Regional District government, the PRRD recognizes the importance of officially honouring September 30, in alignment with our ongoing commitment to advance reconciliation in partnership with First Nations in this area.

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Buick water station back in service

The pump issue at the Buick water station has been resolved and the station is now open for service. The PRRD again thanks residents for their patience.

Fall Clean-up doesn’t save you work, it saves you money

Clipping, raking, bundling and hauling a summer’s worth of yard waste is worthwhile chore.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Fall Clean-up makes it easy for you to dispose of your unwanted waste at no charge for a two-week period.

Tipping fees are waived at PRRD landfills and waste transfer stations from October 4 to 17 for residents who want to dispose of self-hauled yard and sorted waste from residential properties. (more…)

Buick water station closed until further notice

The Buick water station is temporarily out of order due to a pump issue and will remain closed until further notice. The Prespatou system at 21869 Triad Road can be accessed in the meantime. The PRRD is actively working to resolve the issue and will provide updates as they become available.

Board Meeting Agendas – September 9, 2021

A Committee of the Whole meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek. The regular meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will follow immediately.

As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces; Board meeting attendees will be required to wear a mask.

As space is limited and to assist us in our safety planning, please email to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200.

 The Board’s full agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page under the Agendas/Minutes tab.

 Please continue to watch the meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Open fire prohibitions to be lifted across Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres

Effective at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 7, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be permitted throughout the Northwest and Prince George Fire Centres. Fireworks, including firecrackers; and sky lanterns will also be permitted.

A map of the Prince George Fire Centre (PGFC) is available online here. (more…)

Charlie Lake Fire Department open house welcomes all this Saturday

You don’t have to be a kid to want to climb aboard a modern fire engine and take a look around, and this Saturday’s Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) open house is your chance.

The CLFD took possession of a new tender, engine and support vehicle in 2020, and Saturday’s open house is a chance to show people the firefighting equipment that helps to protect lives and property in the Charlie Lake Fire Protection Area, says CLFD Fire Chief Ed Albury.

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PHO order on masks in public indoor settings

The Provincial Health Officer has issued an order effective today, August 25, that requires masks in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+). To comply with this order, masks are required to be worn to enter all Peace River Regional District facilities, as they are public spaces.
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Charlie Lake Fire Department sends second crew south, welcomes first crew home

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) is sending a second crew to southern BC to help fight forest fires.

Volunteer firefighters Jason Mukjiha and Kyle Winters were deployed to the BC Wildfire Service’s Kamloops office and began working yesterday on an eight-day rotation to help fight a fire near Falkland, a town midway between Kamloops and Vernon.

The first CLFD crew, deployed in early August, arrived back in Fort St. John today after fighting fires in the Osoyoos and Falkland area. “The crew performed exceptionally well in challenging circumstances,” says CLFD Chief Edward Albury. “They are pleased that they could help out communities that are in dire need of assistance.”

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Gotta Go service to provide restroom facilities on Alaska Highway receives electoral approval

The proposed Gotta Go service will go ahead after receiving elector consent through an Alternative Approval Process that finished on Friday, July 30.

The Gotta Go service will allow the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) to partner with the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Public Services & Procurement Canada, Northern BC Tourism Association and other agencies to build, operate and maintain wheelchair-accessible washroom amenities, picnic benches, tourist information kiosks, signage for safety and emergency management, and cell phone services in two Alaska Highway pullouts – Sikanni Brake Check at km 250, and Steamboat at km 536. (more…)

Update on August 10 meeting with Old Fort residents

Most residents of the Old Fort community are aware that the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) published the Tetra Tech geohazard report last week, and announced plans for a Zoom information session with Old Fort residents scheduled for August 10 at 7 p.m.

The PRRD has received questions from residents asking why the information session won’t be held in person. The Provincial Health Officer order on indoor organized gatherings currently limits capacity to 50 people or 50% capacity. We made the decision to host the meeting virtually to ensure that as many residents as possible can safely attend the meeting, in addition to the necessary outside agencies included in the panel.

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Campfire ban to be lifted in Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service has issued a rescind on the campfire ban for the Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres, effective Wednesday, July 28 2021 at 12:00 noon PDT. 

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West Moberly First Nations, Peace River Regional District MOU outlines cooperation, good faith approach to common issues

A newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between West Moberly First Nations and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board lays out how they will work together on common issues and communication processes in a spirit of cooperation, trust and respect.

“We are excited about entering into an MOU with the PRRD. We have been neighbours with each other for a long time,” says Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations. “We share many concerns, ideas and have similar wants and needs, so a MOU seems the next logical step moving forward.” (more…)

Disaster debris and waste being accepted at Prespatou and Rose Prairie transfer stations

In addition to the bins provided to the Red Creek Road, Evergreen Subdivision, Coffee Creek Subdivision and Lyndon Subdivision. The PRRD we will also be accepting debris and waste at the Prespatou and Rose Prairie transfer stations. Let the attendants know that it is debris and waste from the storm and have proof of residency available.

If you are severely affected by debris from the storm and are not located in these identified areas please contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 to request assistance.

Drone flights being conducted in storm affected areas

Please be advised that the Peace River Regional District has hired a drone company to conduct flights over the affected areas from the severe storm on June 30th to survey the damage of the area.

The company that will be conducting these flights is compliant with all provincial and federal regulations. If you have any concerns about this please contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 this work will be done July 6 and 7, 2021.

These affected areas include:

  • Red Creek Road
  • Coffee Creek Subdivision
  • Evergreen Subdivision
  • Prespatou School

 

View drone flight area map

Peace River Regional District farmers can now recycle used grain bags and baler twine at no cost in Cleanfarms pilot

With the prevalence of canola, grain and forage seed crops as well as beef cattle farming in the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), it is no surprise that plastic grain bags and baler twine are important agricultural tools for farmers/producers who call this part of northern British Columbia home.

Important as grain bags and baler twine are in many farm operations, managing the used materials when farmers are finished with them can be a challenge. Until now, the used material has been either landfilled or stored on farms. But that’s about to change.

Beginning this week, Cleanfarms, with the support of the PRRD, is launching a pilot to enable local farmers to recycle the baler twine and grain bags at no charge by taking them to one of eight collection sites located throughout the district.

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Statement from Brad Sperling, Board Chair, on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today we pay special recognition to the vital contributions that Indigenous peoples make to the Peace region. We invite all people of this region to learn about the rich cultures, traditions and languages of the Indigenous peoples of this area, whose traditional lands we live on.

It’s also important to acknowledge that we continue to have tragic reminders of the systemic racism and terrible injustices which Indigenous people have suffered over the years in this country. Today is an opportunity to recognize that we have a long way to go on the journey to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We need to work together to take all concrete actions that we can to move along that path.

The Peace River Regional District is committed to working with Indigenous peoples of this area in a spirit of respect, cooperation and partnership, and to do all we can to make this region a better place for them and for all people, today and every day.

Peace River Regional District virtual town hall meeting disrupted with racist language

A June 15 virtual town hall meeting hosted by Peace River Regional District (PRRD) was briefly disrupted by a participant who posted racist and profane language on the screen during a staff presentation. PRRD staff immediately stopped the meeting, reset the presentation and readmitted some participants. The meeting continued without incident.

Racist language and behavior is not tolerated by the PRRD in any setting, says Board Chair Brad Sperling. “We reject racist or hateful language or behavior of any sort, and our Board created a specific policy to that effect. We apologize to any of the meeting participants that saw this offensive language or have been affected by this unfortunate incident.”

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Peace River Regional District brings fire services expansion proposal to residents in Electoral Areas B and C

Sawyer’s Subdivision, Red Creek South, Bear Flats and South Montney included in proposal

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is consulting with residents in parts of Electoral Areas B and C on the proposed expansion of the Charlie Lake Fire Protection Area to include some 175 properties in Sawyer’s Subdivision, Red Creek South, Bear Flats and South Montney. The new service would be provided by the Charlie Lake Fire Department.

Residents are invited to one of two virtual town halls on June 15 to get information and ask questions about the proposed expansion. The meeting for Electoral Area C residents takes place at 5pm, and for Electoral Area B residents at 7pm.

“The Peace region has seen some serious wildfires in the area in recent years, especially in 2016, and some residents have asked the PRRD to consider expanding Charlie Lake’s fire service to include these new areas,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “These engagement meetings and our online engagement process are intended to help us understand the level of support for the proposed service and what questions people have. The Regional Board needs this information to make a decision on the bylaw amendment that this proposal would require.” (more…)

PRRD Board to consider draft 2020 financial statements June 24

The Peace River Regional District Board will be considering its draft 2020 Financial Statements at its meeting scheduled on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The meeting begins at 10am.

Board meetings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, but members of the public are invited to watch the meeting on Facebook at this link.

The statements are available for inspection, during regular business hours, at the Peace River Regional District office located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, or the Fort St. John office at 9505 100th Street.

For more information, contact Teri Vetter, Chief Financial Officer, at 250-784-3219 or toll-free at 1-800-670-7773.

 

Peace River Regional District launches FireSmart program to help residents in rural areas protect properties from wildfire

Many people in the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) live in the wildland/urban interface – the areas where forest and grassland are interspersed with homes and buildings. The risk of loss of life and property from wildfire in those areas can be very high, especially with the threat of wildfire in BC increasing each year.

The PRRD is rolling out a regional FireSmart program that will help identify high-risk properties and neighbourhoods and help the people in them understand and reduce the risk of damage or loss from wildfire.

“The Peace region is particularly vulnerable to wildfires, which often happen earlier and last longer here,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “Taking a proactive approach is shown to reduce the risk of losses in the most extreme wildfire conditions.” (more…)

Peace River Regional District brings fire services expansion proposal to residents adjacent to Dawson Creek

Dawson Creek South, Briar Ridge and Riley’s Crossing included in proposal

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is consulting with residents of Dawson Creek South, Briar Ridge and Riley’s Crossing on a proposal to expand the Dawson Creek Fire Protection Area to include some 337 properties in those three areas.

Residents are invited to a virtual town hall on June 9 to get information and ask questions. The proposal would expand the Dawson Creek Fire Department’s fire protection services to include the three new areas.

“Residents of those areas have been asking the PRRD and City of Dawson Creek to consider a service expansion for several years,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “This is only a proposal at this point. We know some residents support the idea, but we really need to hear from as many people as possible in this engagement process before the Regional Board can make a decision on the bylaw amendment that this proposal would require.”

If the Regional Board provides consent, the new service would be paid for by a tax on property owners in the three areas. (more…)

Flags lowered at PRRD in solidarity with First Nations

The flags at the Peace River Regional District office in Dawson Creek will be lowered for 215 hours to honour the 215 Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation victims.

“We are profoundly saddened at the discovery of the remains of children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The mistreatment of Indigenous children is a terrible part of the history of this country and we share in the grief at this horrific discovery. Our thoughts are with our First Nations partners and the Peace River Regional District is lowering its flags in solidarity with them.”

– Chair Brad Sperling, Peace River Regional District

Spring Clean-up offers residents free disposal of yard waste, sorted waste

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Spring Clean-up makes it easy for residents to dispose of self-hauled yard waste and sorted waste that comes from residential properties. From May 31 to June 13, tipping fees are waived at PRRD landfills and waste transfer stations.

“The Spring Clean-up event gives residents a financial incentive to clean up your property. You still have to cut it and rake it and shovel it and haul it to us, but once you do that, it’s free to leave it with us,” says PRRD board chair Brad Sperling. (more…)

Reservation system, fees to camp introduced at upgraded Blackfoot Regional Park

The Peace River Regional District is introducing a reservation system and fees to camp at Blackfoot Regional Park beginning May 27.

In a 2018 study, the PRRD asked residents for their input on the future of the park and the possibility of paying to camp. The study found that park users wanted enhanced features like sites with electrical hook-ups and walking trails, and that most campers would be willing to pay a fee for access to those services.

“Blackfoot Regional Park is a beautiful area of the Peace region,” says Peace River Regional District board chair Brad Sperling. “The changes and improvements we’re making there are in response to residents’ and park users’ wishes to see improvements at the park, and to know that they can book some campsites in advance to be assured of having a spot.” (more…)

Boundary Lake water station open

The Boundary Lake water station at 1105 Cecil Lake Road is now open.

Please contact environmental services staff at 250-784-3200 with any inquiries.

Notice of Disposition of Land

Pursuant to Section 286 of the Local Government Act, notice is hereby given that the Peace River Regional District intends to sell property located at 9800 – 17th Street, Parcel Identifier 005-017-718.

Please see the Disposition of Property for more information.

PRRD wins award for financial reporting for second consecutive year

The Peace River Regional District, for the second year in a row, has been awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2019 annual financial report. The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. (more…)

Response to BC Hydro request for amendment to Environmental Assessment Certificate

The PRRD has responded to the BC Hydro request for an amendment to the Environmental Assessment Certificate regarding hauling materials by truck from 85th Avenue industrial lands to the Site C Project dam site area.

Read the letter here.
Visit the BC Hydro virtual page here.

BC Hydro Public Advisory
BC Hydro Virtual Town Hall Invitation
Site C – 85th Ave Hauling Amendment TAC
TAC Presentation April 29, 2021

 

PRRD challenges residents, businesses to ‘talk trash’

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is asking residents to talk trash as it continues with public consultation on the update of its regional solid waste management plan.

Residents, businesses and industry representatives are invited to attend a virtual open house, fill out a survey, ask questions and offer opinions, says PRRD board chair Brad Sperling. “The PRRD wants all the input we can get as we finish updating the plan in 2021. Effective management of solid waste is a positive for people, businesses and industries in the PRRD. With residents’ help and input, we can create a strong solid waste management plan that addresses local issues and sets out waste reduction goals for the next 15 years.”

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Peace River Regional District board reduces 2021 budget by more than seven per cent

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) board has approved a 7.13 per cent budget reduction for 2021. The PRRD’s overall budget for all service functions is $88,898,920, a decrease of $6,820,243 from 2020.

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BC Hydro to start work along Jackfish Lake Road in May

BC Hydro will soon start work to relocate a section of the overhead power line along the Jackfish Lake Road. The line runs through a gravel pit near the bend in the road at the south end of Jackfish Lake. Hydro is removing that section from the gravel pit and relocating it to the road.

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Montney Centennial Regional Park transitioning to day-use only

Montney Centennial Regional Park will be part of a day-use pilot project starting in spring 2021. Over this three-year period the park will be available for day-use exclusive activities. The project was approved to accommodate much needed upgrades to the park including the development of trails, installing a picnic shelter, installing a fishing dock, updated signage and improvements to walkways and outhouses.

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Free grant writer information sessions being offered

The Peace River Regional District has partnered with Clear Course Consulting Ltd. to offer free virtual information sessions for community groups to learn more about the Grant Writer Services Program.

If you are interested in understanding how grants work, turning project ideas into grant applications, searching for grants and understanding types of funders and grants the PRRD encourages you to attend one of the two sessions being offered.

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TetraTech work on Old Fort report paused due to lawsuit

Following the landslides of 2018 and 2020 which affected access to the community of Old Fort, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) committed to providing residents with a comprehensive report to identify and characterize any hazards and risks from nearby steep slopes and guide future development approvals. The report was to be completed by Tetra Tech, a leading provider of engineering services worldwide.

On October 26, 2020, the PRRD announced that it would release the Tetra Tech report in the first quarter of 2021. On January 19, 2021, the PRRD, along with others, was sued by residents of the Old Fort community. On the advice of the PRRD’s legal counsel, Tetra Tech’s work on the report has been paused while legal counsel reviews and responds to the lawsuit. Given the nature of this ongoing litigation, the PRRD cannot commit to a date for the release of the Tetra Tech report. The PRRD will not be making any further statement or comment on this matter at this time.

PRRD planning best uses for provincial pandemic restart funding

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is planning how to use a combined $1,084,000 received in 2020 and earlier this week under the provincial government’s COVID-19 Safe Restart Grants for Local Governments program.
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Filter installed at Boundary Water Station

In order to improve the taste of the water distributed by the bottle fill station an activated carbon filter was installed on the distribution line at the Boundary Water Station.

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Committee recommends closure of Rose Prairie Water Station

March 4, 2021 — The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Electoral Area Directors Committee is recommending that the PRRD Regional Board authorize closure and ceasing of operations of the Rose Prairie potable water bulk fill station at its upcoming March 11 meeting.

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Northern Health issues COVID-19 immunization update

Northern Health has announced that it is completing Phase 1 immunizations this month, and moving into vaccinations for Phase 2.

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Rose Prairie water station opening delayed

The PRRD’s Rose Prairie water station will not open tomorrow (Monday, February 22) as planned because of unforeseen technical problems. We apologize for the inconvenience and delay; we will open the station as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Statement regarding Lorraine Michetti

We are aware of the social media post by Lorraine Michetti, who is a member of the Peace River Regional District Board of Directors. As Chair of the Board of Directors, I wish to clearly state that we find the sentiment in the post deeply troubling. This was posted to a personal Facebook account. The post does not in any way reflect the views of the Peace River Regional District and we wholeheartedly reject the message contained in it.

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PRRD Chair’s letter to BC Environmental Assessment Office asks for fair consideration of input concerning truck hauling plan

A letter asking for the highest level of consideration set out in the ‘Environmental Assessment Certificate and Exemption Order Amendment Policy’ has been sent to the BC Environmental Assessment Office from PRRD Chair Brad Sperling. The Chair advocates for a paced process to allow for meaningful input, research and analysis and fair consideration of all input concerning the plan to haul material by truck from 85th Avenue to the Site C Project dam site.

Read the letter here

PRRD Chair’s letter to BC Hydro – truck hauling application to Site C dam site area

PRRD Chair Brad Sperling has sent a letter to BC Hydro outlining the PRRD’s concerns regarding Hydro’s recently announced plan to haul material by truck from 85th Avenue industrial lands to the Site C Project dam site area.

Read the letter here

Notice of Proposed BC Hydro Project Amendment

As part of the construction for BC Hydro’s Site C project, BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) approvals were granted for the use of a conveyor system to move dam construction material from the 85th Ave. Industrial Lands to the dam construction site.

BC Hydro is now planning to apply to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) for an amendment to the project’s approval in order to haul this material in dump trucks by public road in the event the conveyor system is shut down.
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Area B: New Potable Water Rate Approved

At its December 11, 2020 meeting, the PRRD board of directors approved a bylaw amendment that aligns Area B water bottle fill hose rates with neighbouring municipalities. Effective January 15, 2021, the new water rate for the bottle fill hose is $3 per 18-litre bottle.

This new rate is to align current water rates with neighbouring businesses that offer potable bottle fill services within the region. When the Area B water stations were first established, the intention was to ensure water was offered to residents at rates comparable to the surrounding areas.  As such, the bulk fill rate will maintain its current rate of $3 per cubic meter to remain comparable to the municipality of Fort St John.

To view the interactive web map of the electoral areas or to read more about water services provided by the PRRD, please visit www.prrd.bc.ca

Share Shed Closure

Please be advised that until further notice the PRRD Share Sheds will be closed to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  If you have any questions please call the PRRD at 250-784-3200 or toll free at 1-800-670-7773

PRRD presses for action on Site C impacts

The Peace River Regional District released a letter sent to the parties with candidates running in the upcoming BC election asking for assistance to negotiate a community measures agreement to mitigate the impacts of Site C on regional district residents and services.

Letters were sent to candidates and parties in the Peace River North and South ridings on October 16, 2020. The PRRD Board of Directors looks forward to hearing from candidates on their parties’ views ahead of the October 24 BC provincial election.

For more information:

Click here to read Letter to Candidates

Click here to read the Media Release

Click here to read PRRD Site C Community Measures Agreement Background Information

 

City of Fort St. John and Peace River Regional District Announce Agreement for Festival Plaza Lands

The City of Fort St. John and the Peace River Regional District have been working in partnership towards an adjustment of property lines for the Festival Plaza Development.

The Festival Plaza, which will be located on the southeast corner of 100 Street and 96 Avenue, was identified in the Downtown Action Plan as one of 10 Big Moves to Energize the Downtown. The development will consist of a covered shelter, food truck stalls, performance space and washrooms. It will be a year-round home for the farmers market, community events, food vendors, buskers, social gatherings and public art.

The Peace River Regional District will be placing public notices as per the requirements of the Local Government Act regarding the disposition of this property.

Construction on this project is slated to begin in Summer 2020, stay up-to-date with all City of Fort St. John Capital Projects at www.fortstjohn.ca/capital-projects.

To see the full press release, please click the link below.

Media Release – City and PRRD Announce Agreement for Festival Plaza Lands

2019 CARIP Report

The Peace River Regional District is pleased to release the 2019 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) report.

Click here to read the report

COVID-19: Resources for Residents

PRRD offices are now open to the public with new procedures to keep both the public and our staff safe!

Quick Reference Guides

Camping and Recreating in PRRD Parks

Operating a PRRD-owned Community Facility

Renting a PRRD-owned Community Facility

Using PRRD Water Stations

Taking Items to Landfills and Transfer Stations

Making a Development Application

Using the Charlie Lake Sewer Receiving Facility

Attending a Board or Committee Meeting

Frequently Asked Questions About PRRD Operations

How do I speak to or make an appointment with staff?
Peace River Regional District offices are now open for their regular office hours. To speak to one of our staff, the public is welcome to come to our offices during business hours or may also use our staff directory to reach any of our staff members.
What are the PRRD Office COVID procedures?
The PRRD has introduced safety procedures to ensure that everyone who visits our office are as safe as possible. These procedures include:

  • Everyone entering PRRD facilities must wear a mask, including staff
  • Everyone entering PRRD facilities must sanitize their hands when they come in.
  • Each room, including meeting rooms and reception areas, have a maximum occupancy to ensure we are able to follow social distancing. If the occupancy is exceeded, please wait outside until someone exits.
  • An information log will be kept of all people to enter PRRD offices to help with contact tracing should someone who has been in our offices discover they have COVID-19.
How many people are allowed in PRRD Offices?
The number of people allowed in a room/building has been determined by the size and ability to ensure physical distancing (staying a minimum of two metres or six feet apart).

  • The maximum number of public members permitted in the Fort St John Office Reception Area: 2
  • The maximum number of public public members permitted in the Dawson Creek Office Reception Area: 
When will PRRD facilities be opening?
As all of BC begins to implement the BC Restart Plan, the Peace River Regional District will be taking steps towards recovery with the new PRRD COVID Recovery Plan. We are currently in Phase Two of the PRRD Recovery Plan, which sees a number of facilities open.

Phase 1 (Mid – Late May 2020)
  • Staff resume work in Dawson Creek and Fort St John offices
    Montney Centennial Park and Iver Johnson Park opens for day-use only
Phase 2 ( June to September 2020)
  • PRRD offices open to the public
  • Charlie Lake Fire members resume in-person training with conditions
  • PRRD community halls may resume maintenance and cleaning activities with conditions.
  • Essential public hearings, on a case by case basis, may resume in-person if electronic options are not available and if ap propriate meeting venues and sanitization requirements can be met
  • Blackfoot Regional Park opens for camping.
  • Share Sheds Open (as of June 15)

 

  • Minaker River Regional Park opens for camping
  • PRRD will consider, on a case by case basis, community halls holding small events with less than 50 people (starting in July)

 

  • Chetwynd Recreation Centre and North Peace Leisure Pool will open under the direction of the municipalities.
  • Buick and Clearview Arenas will open at the direction of School District No 60
  • Essential in-region travel
Phase 3 (TBD)
Date to be determined dependent on public health, social and economic factors to be examined starting in August 2020

  • Non-essential meetings
  • Public engagement activities
  • In-person engagement with First Nations communities
  • Out-of-region travel

How Can I . . .

In-Person Phone Email Social Media
Pay a Bill X X
Contact a Staff Person or ask a question X X X X
Attend a Board Meeting or Committee X
(masks required)
X X (Livestream)
Get information about a building permit or land use application. X X X

 

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The PRRD is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We encourage residents to stay up to date and continue to follow the provincial and federal Government guidelines as the official sources for new information. Below are some resources that may be helpful for residents:

BC Centre for Disease Control    |  Website    Facebook

Northern Health    |  Website    Facebook

Northern BC Information Line: 1-844-645-7811

Government of Canada – Public Health    |   Website     Facebook

Health Link BC (BC Ministry of Health)    |   Website     Facebook

First Nations Health Authority    |   Website     Facebook

BC 211    |   Website     Facebook

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Southern Mountain Caribou Partnership Agreement Signed

The Partnership Agreement between the Province of BC, Government of Canada, Saulteau First Nations, and West Moberly First Nations for the recovery of southern mountain caribou was signed on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Read More: Southern Mtn. Caribou Partnership Agreement Signed

Southern Mountain Caribou Correspondence

At the January 23rd Board Meeting, the PRRD Board received a response to their December 13th Letter from Premier John Horgan and resolved:

That the Regional Board support the District of Chetwynd by advising the Honourable John Horgan, Premier of BC, that it will not participate in the following scheduled caribou related working group meetings:

  • Snowmobile Advisory Committee (January 23, 2020 in Dawson Creek)
  • Land Use Objectives Stakeholder Committee & Socio-Economic Advisory Committee (January 24, 2020 in Chetwynd) unless local government is awarded a seat on the Caribou Recovery Committee specified in the Partnership Agreement to Recover the Central Group of Southern Mountain Caribou, or a meeting of the Leaders’ Table is called and local government is provided information that local government will be provided the opportunity to participate in the Partnership Agreement, other than through separate advisory committees.

This resolution was sent in a letter to Premier John Horgan on January 23rd, 2020.

Industry Notice – Unharvested Grain and Canola Crops

Notice on Production Insurance – Unharvested Grain and Canola Crops from the Ministry of Agriculture

Letter to Premier Horgan – Leaders’ Table on Caribou

October 24th, 2019

Dear Premier Horgan:

Re: Leaders’ Table re: Caribou

On October 10th, the Peace River Regional District wrote to you to express extreme disappointment that the Board did not receive an invitation to participate in the proposed Leaders’ Table regarding the Draft Intergovernmental Partnership Agreement for the Conservation of the Central Group of the Southern Mountain Caribou. . . .

Click Here to Read the Full Letter

Letter to Federal and Provincial Governments Regarding Southern Mountain Caribou Engagement

Click here to read the letter from Chair Brad Sperling on behalf of the PRRD Board to Hon. Minister McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Hon. Minister Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, regarding the community division caused by the Southern Mountain Caribou engagement process. 

The PRRD Continues to Advocate for Caribou Recovery Plan Community Consultations

The Peace River Regional District continues to advocate for an open conversation between the public and the Province regarding the status of the discussions about caribou recovery.

In a letter to Chair Brad Sperling, Minister George Heyman confirmed that the government is committed to advancing caribou recovery, while seeking to provide for the best interests of British Columbians. He noted that to help this iconic species recover, there needs to be a collaborative approach that works for everyone, and that as the Provincial Government moves forward with caribou recovery, BC will be looking at the impacts of all land uses.

Since the meeting in Prince George with the Province, Chair Sperling has continued to be in contact with the province as they work with the Federal government to roll out the consultation to the region. Chair Sperling has requested that a minimum of three public consultations be held in the region. He would like to see meetings held in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

Full Media release here: 2019-15-2019 Caribou Press release